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live from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, welcome to all of you watching us here in the united states, canada and around the world. i'm kim brunhuber. this is "cnn newsroom." the g-20 begins with a win for joe biden on global tax rates. so what will happen on day two? also, vaccine haves and have-nots. a new call to vaccinate the world against covid-19. plus this. >> she was my friend. she was my friend. the day i arrived in santa fe, i took her to dinner with joel,
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the director. >> alec baldwin speaks for the first time about the movie set shooting that killed the film's director of photography. live from cnn center, this is "cnn newsroom" with kim brunhuber. >> the second and final day of the g-20 summit in rome begins in just a few hours. when it ends later today, the leader of the world's weltiest nat nat nations -- joe biden will lead today's session on how to free up those vital supply lines. cnn's ben wedeman and kevin liptack are live for us this hour in rome. so, ben, let's start with you. what have been the highlights for you in terms of what's been accomplished so far? >> well, certainly the most
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significant thing was the announcement that the leaders of the g-20 had agreed to this corporate income tax. global tax. that is something that certainly is symbolically signals a desire to bring these corporations under some sort of control. now, how it is going to be implemented, however, is another question altogether. there need to be technical discussions among the various countries to figure out how it is going to be done. so we shall see how that works out. today obviously the focus is going to be on climate change and the environment. that is what the entire day is essentially dedicated to, sustainable development as well. but what we have seen so far is that even though they may have agreed on this corporate tax, they are far from reaching a
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consensus on bringing greenhouse gas emissions down to a standard level. you have countries like china and india who are arguing that because they depend heavily on coal, they will not be able to bring those emissions down as quickly as, for instance, the united states and the european countries say they would like to see done. kim? >> and then you spent time among the protesters who took to the streets in rome. what were they saying? >> they were very skeptical about the ability of the leaders of the g-20 and politicians in general to actually translate words into action. the feeling is that these politicians are very much more responsive to the rich and the powerful than the people in general. so, even though yesterday's
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protest here in rome, which included thousands of people was relatively peaceful, there was this undercurrent of frustration that there is a lot of talk and not much action. kim? >> thanks so much, ben wedeman. really appreciate it. i want to bring in cnn white house reporter kim liptack who is covering this from rome. kevin, that global minimum tax ben was talking about there, one of president biden's top priorities going into this g-20. how important is this for his domestic agenda? >> well, it is very important. and particularly because the president hasn't been able to secure other tax increases in that sweeping social spending bill. things like raising the corporate tax rate, even some democrats balked at that. so the idea of minimum taxes is really where a lot of the revenue for that social spending plan comes from. now, this was one of the president's top agenda items coming into the g-20 this week. it has been something that he
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has been working on for months. but it has been led by his treasury secretary janet yellen and it really sort of is the most concrete win that he is going to have here at the g-20 summit. now, that social spending plan democrats are still working to secure final agreement on that. it could be revised potentially even reintroduced today, text of that legislation. democrats are saying they might want to vote on that as early as tuesday, kim. >> all right, and then looking ahead for the president, what will biden be focused on today? what are you going to be watching for? >> well, first up is a meeting with the turkish president erdogan, of course tensions between the u.s. and turkey have been rising. the u.s. says biden wants to warn erdogan not to take any precipitous actions. the tensions have included this turkish purchase of a russian air defense system, other human rights questions. so that's first up for the president today. later he convenes the special
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session on supply chain blockages. the president wants to get sort of all things -- all these countries in line, identify specific things that they can do to unclog the system. he'll also be making a few announcements on what the united states is doing. and then last up for the president here in rome is a press conference tonight. all of these issues expected to come up including the question of his domestic agenda back home. he hasn't addressed that since he arrived here in europe last week. >> all right, we'll be following this throughout the day. kevin liptak, thank you very much, appreciate it. we heard that one of the g-20's goals is getting more vaccines to the developing world. it is there the vaccination rates are just a fraction of other countries. the summit host italian prime minister mario draghi being rather blunt in his message to other wealthy nations. listen to how he characterized the differences between the haves and have notes when it comes to vaccines. listen to this. >> the pandemic is not over.
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and there are startling disparities in the global distribution of vaccines. in high income countries, more than 70% of the population has received at least one dose. in the poorest ones, this percentage drops to roughly 3%. this differences are morally unacceptable and undermine the global recovery. >> this is what the italian prime minister was referring to. so the lighter green colors on the map present a smaller percentage of the country's population being fully vaccinated and as you can see the majority of undervaccinated countries are in africa. that impact on the global recovery is being echoed by the president of the world bank, david malpas. he says the scarcity of the covid-19 vaccine and with supply
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chain disruption are undercutting the economic recovery of the world. joining me to talk about this from ethiopia is dr. john kengason. doctor, thank you so much for joining us. hearing these world leaders, including the pope as well, calling for more to be done on the huge stage here, what impact is that likely to have given they have already pledged over 1.2 billion doses to covax, the international vaccine sharing initiative, but only delivered some 150 million. >> absolutely. i think the world, through the world organization established a target of immunizing the entire population, up to 70%, by the end of next year. during the summit at the white house hosted by president biden he also reiterated that target of 70%. so we know exactly what to do. but where we find ourselves as a continent is in a very delicate
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situation, only 5% of the population has been fully vaccinated. so now it becomes very clear what we need to do to get from 5% to 70%. the key question is how do we commit or convert this into action? the united states already donated about 63 million doses to the continent. they have just set a range for the african nations to acquire more vaccines, that's all very good initiatives which is not necessary donation, but allowing african union members to acquire those doses. those are the kind of efforts we should be aiming at, about partnerships, cooperation and solidarity. >> so you outlined some of the concrete measures that you need to get to that 70%. i just want to get some more of those because the g-20 announced it would create that task force
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to fight future pandemics. so from your perspective, what is the priority there? what needs to change the most, the quickest to prevent the, you know, next inevitable pandemic from getting as bad as covid has been or worse? >> i think it is the -- creating a task force to avoid the next pandemic is absolutely important. we fully support that as africa cdc. what we are seeing is a house is still on fire. a continent of 1.2 billion people has 5% of its population immunized. i think the immediate urgent issue is to address the access to vaccines so that we can immunize people very quickly, get this pandemic over, and then discuss how to tackle the next pandemic. i think my message to the g-20 is let's commit ourselves to the pledges, let's make the pledges translate to vaccines into people's arms so that we can get to the target that we all agreed on.
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the next pandemic clearly will be there. i hope not. how we address this pandemic will guide us on the way we address the subsequent pandemics. >> so as you say, access to vaccines is key there. has been some recent good news, biontech announced it will build a vaccine facility in africa next year. so would that be a game changer for the continent? >> that would be a game changer. i think we are very excited for the news coming out last week, especially biontech will be producing vaccines next year in rwanda, senegal and other places. that is much welcome. the african union, africa cdc has been very clear on this. we said that from now to the year 2040 we should be able to reverse the situation and be able to manufacture up to 60% of vaccines on that continent. that is truly great to be a game changer. in the way that we should factor this into the -- the instruments
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for fighting the next pandemic, if we set up this manufacturing, not only are we protecting the continent of africa, but we are contributing to the global security agenda. so we welcome this initiative. >> all right, so trying to convince those in wealthy countries, you can rely on their sense of altruism or maybe it is more realistic you can appeal to their sense of self preservation, i'm thinking recently a w.h.o. adviser warned that if the vaccine disparity continues, the pandemic could go on for a year longer than it needs to. if you're making a case to americans to say helping the rest of the world is in your best interest as americans, what do you say? >> absolutely. i think we know that we are dealing with a virus that transmits very quickly, dealing with a virus that transmits very quickly and we now have seen how even in countries that are vaccinated at scale, like
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israel, were challenged with the emerge nt of the delta variant. we want to vaccinate at scale and speed so we have the appropriate coverage and avoid that new variants emerge that will challenge even the current vaccination efforts. i think it is very clear. we have to be humble enough to know to say that we know a lot about this virus, but we still don't know much about it in terms of what -- how you mutate and impact the current vaccine. so it is in the collective interest that we vaccinate everybody across the world, reach that 70% target and blunt the spread of this virus. >> yeah, collective interest is exactly right. dr. nkengasong, thank you for your time. >> thank you for having me on your mprogram. still to come on cnn, alec
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baldwin speaks on camera since the shooting on said of his latest film. >> there are accidental accidents on film sets from time to time. nothing like this. this is a one in a trillion episode. one in a trillion. >> straight ahead, his emotional message and the change he wants to see in the wake of the tragedy. plus, as world leaders prepare for climate talks in scotland, new numbers underscore just how urgently action is needed. stay with us. my plaque psoriasis... ...the itching ...the burning. the stinging. my skin was no longer mine. my psoriatic arthritis, made my joints stiff, swollen... painful. emerge tremfyant™. with tremfya®, adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis... ...can uncover clearer skin and improve symptoms at 16 weeks. tremfya® is the only medication of its kind also approved for adults with active psoriatic arthritis. serious allergic reactions may occur. tremfya® may increase your risk of infections and lower your ability to fight them. tell your doctor if you have an infection or symptoms
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we want to take you back to rome. g-20 leaders are taking in one of the eternal city's most famous sites. u.s. president joe biden isn't with them by the look of it there. this is the second and last day of the gathering. when it ends, the leaders hope to present their consensus on addressing vaccine equity and much more. a one in a trillion event. that's what alec baldwin calls the fatal shooting incident on the set of his latest film. the actor made his first on
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camera comments since the prop gun he discharged killed the mov movie's cinematographer halyna hutchins. he and his family were in vermont when the paparazzi took them down. he took their questions and called for new safety measures on film sets. >> would you ever work on another film set that involves firearms of that nature? >> i couldn't answer that question. i really have no sense of it at all. i do know that an ongoing effort to limit the use of firearms in film sets is something i'm extremely interested in. remember, something i think is important that is how many bullets have been fired in films and tv shows in the last 75 years? this is america. how many bullets have gone on in movies and on tv sets? nearly -- what has to happen now is we have to realize that when it does go off and it is this
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horrible catastrophic thing, some new measures have to take place. no real -- on set. that's not for me to decide. it is urgent. it is urgent you understand i'm not an expert in this field. whatever other people decide is the best way to go in terms of protecting people's safety on film sets i'm all in favor with and i'll cooperate with that in any way i can. >> cnn's natasha chen has more on what baldwin had to say. >> reporter: alec baudldwin and his family were apparently being followed by cameras. he got out of his car to answer paparazzi questions, being careful not to answer anything about the ongoing investigation. he did say he's friends with halyna hutchins, the director of photography, who was killed by the shot that was fired. he said he's been in touch with her husband who is in overwhelming grief. >> she was my friend. the day i arrived in santa fe to start shooting, i took her to
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dinner with joel, the director. there are incidental accidents on film sets from time to time. but nothing like this. this is a one in a trillion episode. one in a trillion thing. so he is in shock as a 9-year-old son and we are in constant contact with him as we're very worry about his family and his kid and i said we're eagerly awaiting the sheriff department and what the investigation has yielded. >> reporter: he said it is unlikely filming would continue for "rust" where he's not only an actor but also a producer. he said he would be supportive in the future of new measures to make film sets safer. for example, using plastic guns or prohibiting live ammunition altogether. in the meantime, the armorer hannah gutierrez reed released a statement on friday through her attorneys saying she has no idea how a live round got on to the set and that safety is her top priority. the sheriff here in santa fe, new mexico, said he would like to do follow-up interviews with
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both her and the assistant director to clarify some issues. back to you. >> and as natasha mentioned, we're hearing more from the gun supervisor on the film. attorneys for hannah gutierrez reed released this statement, safety is hannah's number one priority on set. ultimately this set would never have been compromised if live ammo were not introduced. hannah has no idea where the live rounds came from. hannah was hired on two positions on this film, which made it extremely difficult to focus on her job as an armorer. she fought for training days to maintain weapons and proper time to prepare for gunfire but ultimately was overruled by production and her department. cnn's pamela brown spoke with our senior legal analyst elie honig and patrick gomez, the executive editor for "entertainment weekly" about the case. here is part of their conversation. >> first of all, it is important that he is talking to the police, that he is cooperating with investigators. that's consistent with what we have heard from the sheriff and the d.a. look, he has important information. and it is probably for the best
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for everybody involved that he come forward with it. it is not exactly technically correct that he's not allowed to comment on this substance of this investigation unless the prosecutors and the cops have an order for the judge, which it does not appear in this case. they can't stop him. now, typically as a prosecutor or a cop, you tell an important witness like alec baldwin we really would like you not to address this. it is not a good idea to address this. alec baldwin's lawyer, if he's any good, i'm sure he is, has told baldwin you should not say anything at all. if you have to say something, don't say anything about the substance of the case. you can see alec baldwin struggling to find the right balance between wanting to address the situation but not saying anything of substance. >> he did say it was a freak occurrence, quote, one in a trillion. patrick, there were safety concerns on the set, and previous safety complaints against the film's assistant director david halls, who handed the gun to baldwin. do you think this tragedy will lead to reforms on movie sets?
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>> i think there is two really important factors here. one, as you mentioned, this assistant director had been pulled off of a set in 2019 for an eerily similar situation. so clearly there is an investigation here in this particular instance. but, yes, i do think this is already leading to reforms in so many different areas. we have seen multiple shows now, states they're no longer going to have live ammunition or gun -- real guns, they'll do everything in post. we're seeing the industry already responding to this. >> and we heard baldwin today talk about this. he said he would be interested in limiting the use of firearms on sets. so i want to ask you, there is the assistant director, there is the armorer, we heard natasha chen said the armorer released a statement saying through her attorney saying that she has no idea how the live rounds got there. what do you make of that legally for her and for the assistant director? >> so that's a really important statement by the armorer through
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her attorneys. i'm not sure actually it helps the armorer, miss gutierrez. it leads to the next question, okay, if you have no idea how a live round got into the gun, did you or did you not inspect that gun before it made its way on to set? if she did not inspect that gun, i think there is an argument right there you have negligence, maybe criminal negligence, you're an armorer. that's your number one job, inspect the guns. if she did inspect the gun, then she must have missed that live round, which, again, could lead to negligence in the civil sense if she gets sued or the higher level of the criminal negligence standard. >> and you have said, elie, you don't foresee baldwin facing charges. have you seen anything to change that? >> no, i haven't. i think as an actor, if an ad -- an assistant director hands you a gun and says it is a cold gun, everything i gather from researching this and seeing our coverage is that the actor doesn't have any obligation to then inspect the gun for himself. in fact, it would be dangerous to do that. i don't think alec baldwin has potential criminal liability
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here. i do think he, the production company, many others, will quite likely be sued civilly for money damages, however. >> thanks to elie honig and patrick gomez there. coming up, after the break, we take stock of president biden's second trip to europe since taking office. why the challenges are daunting and the stakes are sky high. plus, an urgent call for action as world leaders prepare for cop26 climate talks in glasgow. live from scotland after the break. please stay with us. do you take aspirin? plain aspirin could be hurting your stomach. new vazalore is the first liquid-filled aspirin capsule clinically shown to cause fewer ulcers than plain aspirin. vazalore is designed to help protect... releasing aspirin after it leaves your stomach... where it is absorbed to give you the benefits of life saving aspirin... to help prevent another heart attack or stroke. heart protection with your stomach in mind. try new liquid-filled vazalore. aspirin made amazing! i'm still drawn to what's next. even with higher stroke risk due to afib
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united states, canada and around the world. i'm kim brunhuber. this is "cnn newsroom." president biden had hoped to arrive in europe with a solid legislative achievement at home to boost his credentials among allies. that didn't happen. and biden arrived from the g-20 empty handed. the president carried on with his priorities at the summit trying to smooth over the diplomatic rift with france over a canceled submarine contract, reassuring nervous allies after the chaotic fall of afghanistan and discussing the future of the iran nuclear deal with britain, germany and france. so last hour i asked cnn european affairs commentator dominic thomas to weigh in on president biden's big test on the world stage. here's part of our conversation. >> i think we have moved way beyond the sort of america is back, can america be trusted. i think biden is a well known entity on the international stage. and i think the attention has moved now towards the question of reliability and the question of whether or not president biden can actually deliver on
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these commitments. i think that extent the travel abroad is not separated from the domestic agenda. and you can clearly see playing out here this sort of legacy of the trump era in which the uncertainty and the unpredictability, especially around the commitment to the multilateral relationship, to nato, to the eu, with brexit not helping in that equation is on the agenda here. i think there was one very telling and sort of moment at the events yesterday which is that chancellor merkel, after 16 years at the helm in germany, travelled to the g-20 with her minister of finance who is from another political party, who has been in coalition with her, and is the most likely candidate to take over. where as across the atlantic, in the united states, former president trump did not invite president biden to the white house when he was elected, and has basically not acknowledged
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the legitimacy of his election. i think that is interesting here, a study in contrast, is that chancellor merkel is underscoring with the presence of scholz, the continuity of germ iany and president biden's trip to the g-20 is an uphill struggle to prove that continuity and reliability of the united states at this important juncture. >> let's spell it out then in terms of that reliability. is that the sense of the ticking clock here for european leaders in terms of getting something done with this biden administration? they must be aware of the president's falling poll numbers, the midterms coming up, the possibility of democrats losing control of congress and maybe in a few years a republican administration. >> that is what is i think rattling. and some of these relationships and so on. so we see biden on the one hand on a sort of diplomatic
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offensive. restoring that relationship with france, talking about the sort of clumsiness of the ways in which this defense deal, submarine deal of australia and so on ended up putting the french on the outside. and announcing this relationship with the european union and the reduction of tariffs, on steel and aluminum and so on. that's a sort of the personal aspect of that diplomacy. but i think that the sort of commitment to resuscitating the iran deal, to having discussions about that global issues like vaccination campaigns and so on show the americans front and center and eager to underscore the crucial importance of multilateralism and how an entity like the g-20 can address those particular issues. and so i see that diplomatic offensive and working out well. whether or not it can actually translate into concrete measures are, of course, the big question of the day, as you underscore, because of the problems that
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president biden is facing essentially at home by disruptive opposition and in many ways a kind of lack of cohesion even within the democratic party. >> thanks to cnn european affairs commentator dominic thomas there. so as things begin wrapping up in rome, all eyes are turning to scotland and the cop26 climate conference. this year's talks come at a critical moment, climate disaster like july's flooding in germany and china have killed hundreds. and the u.n. is reporting that asia had its warmest year on record in 2020 with average temperatures soaring to the highest levels in more than 100 years. yet some world leaders are casting doubt on how much these talks can really accomplish. for more, let's bring in phil black in edinburgh, scotland. boris johnson is warning about the cost of failure in glasgow. it would be huge, he's
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sayinging. but he doesn't sound optimistic that anything big will get done. is it just a case of managing expectations here? >> well, managing expectations and at the same time reminding everybody what is at stake. he's being dramatic in a historical flourish warning that failure it address climate change could result in civilization as we know it going backwards. but at the same time, talking about what can realistically be achieved over the next two weeks in glasgow. and he says as is pretty well known, i think, by this point, that solving the problem fundamentally, that's justify no just not going to happen. the best case snare cenario is g some sort of progress that keeps the dream alive. that still means it is possible to achieve the goals of the 2015 paris agreement, where countries committed to doing what is necessary to avert the worst consequences of climate change and that is limit global average temperature increase to between
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1.5 and 2 degrees celsius, preferably closer to 1.5. we go into the talks with all the countries having presented most of the countries having presented their individual plans of how they hope to achieve this. the idea is to try and get a breakthrough of some kind, to try and build momentum, to trys path that means work can be achieved within the available time frame. not just in the long-term. to the talk, boris johnson and others will be pushing countries to lay out detailed plans for cutting emissions deeply this decade because the sign says if you don't move quickly in the coming years, there is no chance of achieving the necessary carbon neutrality. that's why there is such
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heightened language being used, why some consider this a make or break moment for addressing the climate crisis. >> yeah, but then, you know, adding to the challenges, i guess, here, the immediate context for this climate gathering. it couldn't really be worse in a sense with countries around the world facing an energy crunch, fuel shortages, price hikes. how might that sort of factor into things? >> depends on how you look at t it is a powerful reminder of the role that fossil fuels play in our societies and keeping them moving and functioning and growing. but it could also be used perhaps as a pretty strong argument for giving up that dependency on fossil fuels, for moving beyond relying so heavily on them. fundamentally the tension in all climate talks, it always comes back to this idea of doing the right thing by the planet versus looking after the economic prosperity of countries and
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entire populations. at least in the short-term. and there is no doubt that fundamental tension will be at play and all the conversations that take place over the coming weeks. >> yeah, long-term thinking versus short-term as you say. phil black in edinburgh, thank you so much. appreciate it. so in the coming hours, britain's prince charles will urge g-20 leaders to turn words into action when it comes to the climate crisis. the prince of wales will speak during an event focused on the role of the private sector in fighting climate change. he launched the sustainable markets initiative focused on encouraging businesses to take steps toward addressing the climate crisis. meanwhile, as cop26 is set to begin, our attention is also focused on the airline industry's role in reducing emissions. cnn's anna stewart shows why a special type of fuel is much safer for the environment than traditional jet fuel. >> reporter: cooking oil, food
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waste, even your old clothing, it can all be used to fly a plane and combat climate change. sustainable aviation fuels or safs are fuels made from renewable energy source and could potentially cut carbon emissions from aviation by up to 80%. the eu made some ambitious proposals for aviation as part of the green deal. from 2025, planes taking off from eu airports would have to use a blend of at least 2% sustainable aviation fuel, rising to 5% in 2030 and 63% by 2050. the problem is, right now saf only accounts for 0.1% of the aviation fuel market. energy giant shell is hoping to change that. it plans to start producing around 2 million tons of saf a year by 2025. it is collaborating with british plane engine maker rolls-royce, pushing for jets to fill up on 100% saf. for now, regulators limit planes
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to 50% blend with conventional jet fuel. >> at least 10% of ur sales by 2030 will be saf. now, that's a scale up from the current conduction. by 2025, shell alone will produce ten times more than what all the different producers are producing today. is that enough? it won't be enough. >> reporter: so is it policymakers? is it regulators? what needs to happen to get more saf made and more airlines using it? >> it is mostly about market conditions. so right now fossil fuel is pretty cheap. and without any intervention by government, airlines quite rightly will carry on using the cheapest source of fuel, which is fossil-based fuel. safs now are not as cheap as fossil fuels. in fact, right now they're quite expensive. so we have to have some regulation intervention in order to encourage the ramp up of
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safs. >> market forces are not going to be enough here. >> market forces are not going to be enough. >> reporter: they're trying to convert waste from steel mills into ethanol. it is building a high tech plant using a different technology that has potential to increase saf production. >> what we're doing here in this plant is carbon cycling. the carbon had a primary use in the steel mill. and with this facility here we can ferment the carbon into a secondary use. this is unique. we use gases into alcohol, still fermention but it is not a yeast, it is a bacteria. bacteria can convert these into ethanol. >> reporter: three years in the make, the plant is financially backed by european and state authorities. it is due to be operational from 2022 and promises to deliver 64,000 tons of ethanol a year. that could be used for many sectors from fragrances and detergents to sustainable aviation fuels. >> we used to be steelmakers, we
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make steel and now we are producing ethanol using the technology. and there you can find a lot of synergy. the waste of one energy is a -- of the other. all sectors have to look into this and collaborate to one and one is three and not one and one is two in that case. it can gain a lot. >> reporter: hiring out the green energy transition and tackling aviation pollution, it is a team effort for european business leaders. >> and cnn will have extensive coverage of the cop26 conference in glasgow on air and online. for the latest, head to cnn.com/climate. so, polls are open for a couple more hours in japan's first national election in two years. the ruling coalition led by the prime minister's liberal democratic party is widely expected to keep its majority. japanese celebrities are throwing their star power behind
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the call to vote in a viral youtube video released earlier this month. the video shows celebrities speaking out about politics. the video has more than 600,000 views so far. ahead on cnn, some firefighters in new york are resisting the city's mandate to get a covid-19 vaccine. we'll hear what the fire commissioner has to say next. please stay with us.
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76% think not enough is known about the long-term effects. 71% are worried about side effects. and 66% are worried about future fertility problems. to be clear, fertility concerns have been repeatedly debunked. and excessive number of employees at new york city's fire department are calling in sick. this comes after friday's deadline mandating that most city workers provide proof they received at least one dose of the covid-19 vaccine or be placed on unpaid leave. cnn's polo sandoval reports. >> reporter: new york city's fire department said it was prepared to overcome any potential staffing issues they may experience after that vaccine mandate took effect friday evening. and authorities saying they're now implementing some of the protocols to make sure that no calls go unanswered. on saturday, the head of the new york fire department actually released a statement reporting what was described as excessive sick leave being taken by multiple firefighters.
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commissioner writing the excessive sick leave by a group of our firefighters because of their anger at the vaccine mandate for all city employees is unacceptable. contrary to their oath to serve and may endanger the lives of new yorkers. the commissioner went on to write, despite the actions by some, the department will continue to respond to all calls for help that come our way. the commissioner certainly saying those calls do continue to go answered, however they have had to take some of their fire companies out of service. those are not to be confused with entire firehouse around the city, which we're told have not been shut down. those fire operations there have not been affected. they're having to reshuffle some resources to make sure new yorkers have the help that they need. in terms of some of the latest numbers, vaccination numbers for some of new york's first responders, there is a slight increase, the authorities have reported since that mandate took effect on friday. authorities certainly hopeful the numbers will continue to
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rise since some of the employees who show up to work on monday without proof of at least one shot face possibly being sent home on unpaid leave. polo sandoval, cnn, new york. former u.s. president donald trump was at a world series baseball game last night. coming up on "cnn newsroom," fans react to his visit after trump earlier had called this year for a boycott of america's past time. stay with us.
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a leading candidate to be virginia's next governor are going back and forth over donald trump. democrat terry mcauliffe said on saturday, the upcoming election is not about trump, even though he try to link the republican candidate to the former president. republican glenn youngkin tried to have it both ways with trump and his supporters. the businessman turned politician has worked to keep trump at arm's length, but says trump represents much of why he's running. youngkin told dana bash on saturday he isn't planning to participate in a telerally with trump on monday, the eve of the election. while donald trump isn't actually on the ballot in virginia, he seemed to be currying the fans favor while at the world series game here in
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atlanta last night. even joined in when the crowd did the home team's controversial tomahawk chop. trump has been smarting about losing the presidential vote in georgia in the last election. months ago, he called for a baseball boycott after the league moved the all-star game out of atlanta over georgia's restrictive voting laws. donie o'sullivan asked fan about his presence at the game. >> reporter: baseball fans showing up at the world series in atlanta tonight, having mixed feelings about the former president showing up to the game. have a listen. how do you think trump will be received here? >> well, i hate to say it, we are fans. >> yeah. >> yes. we like his policies. we don't like his attitude sometimes. we like his policies. >> reporter: you think he'll get more cheers than boos. >> more cheers than boos, absolutely, yes. >> his personality is a little bit on the -- over the top. >> reporter: there is a special guest coming tonight. >> oh, yeah, we heard.
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the one that doesn't like baseball. >> reporter: what do you think about that? >> we're here to see the baseball game. >> reporter: do you think he'll get a warm welcome or booed or what? >> mix. >> probably mixed, yeah. >> reporter: up to a few months ago, he wanted people to boycott, right? >> yes. couldn't figure that out. you'll never see baseball boycotted here. >> reporter: special guest coming in tonight. >> who's that? trump. i love it. that's my man. >> reporter: oh, yeah? >> yeah. >> reporter: you think he'll get a warm reception here? >> absolutely. atlanta fans love him. he should have won the election. >> reporter: there you have it. the former president back in a state, georgia, he falsely maintains that he didn't lose in the election 12 months ago. we are now only 12 months out or so from the midterm elections. at the world series, i'm donie o'sullivan in atlanta. >> so you're wondering as for the actual game, the atlanta braves are now just one win away
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from the first world series championship since 1995. they came from behind to edge the houston astros 3-2 and take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. braves grab the lead in the seventh inning with back-to-back home runs with swanson and solera. the braves hope to win the fall classic at home. the game is in atlanta here tonight. a dazzling light show this weekend in parts of the world. and all people have to do is look up. the northern lights are on display across parts of europe and north america, including u.s. states as far south as illinois and oregon. one viewer tweeted you won't believe the scene here, unreal. keep an eye out for that. i'm kim brunhuber. thank you for watching. stay with cnn, our special coverage continues with "new day" next.
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